Largely Geometric : Altrove ’15 Delivers Abstract Murals to Catanzaro

Mural festivals are blanketing towns and cities with works that run the gamut from eye-poppingly stunning to banal and forgettable. The success of the mix is in the hands of organizers, and not surprisingly, there are many audiences to plan for. One strategy to set your festival apart from the teeming pack is to thematically curate your artists selection and the Altrove Festival in Catanzaro, Italy has settled upon abstraction as an aesthetic principle to organize around.

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Ciredz. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

Delighting in shape, form, and myriad manners of deconstruction, Altrove’s invited artists steer clear of the figurative and opt instead for patterns, reductive masking, organic forms sheared and overlayed, translucent polygons, optikal graphics, mise-en-scene illusion, paint-chip mosaics, nostalgic early 3D computer rendered graphics, minimalism, and even full-on Matisse like cut-outs and organic forms occupying gridded blocks of color.

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Ciredz. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

All considered, the collection hangs together quite well – even though the sophisticated mix is spread out. Without pandering to the merely pleasant, it actually hits one of Altrove’s expressed goals, to “make nearly invisible the boundaries between art and architecture, space and place.

Artists include 108, Alberonero, Giorgio Bartocci, Clemens Behr, Ciredz, Erosie, Graphic Surgery, Sbagliato, Sten Lex and Tellas.

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Tellas. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Tellas. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Clemens Behr. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Clemens Behr. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Graphic Surgery. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Graphic Surgery. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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108. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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108. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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108. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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108 . Graphic Surgery. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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108 . Graphic Surgery. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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108. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Sbagliato. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Sbagliato. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Sbagliato. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Erosie. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Erosie. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Bartocci. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Bartocci. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Alberonero. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Alberonero. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

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Tellas . 108. Altrove Street Art Festival. Italy, May 2015. (photo © @blindeyefactory)

 

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